Israel said pressing Palestinians to purchase virus vaccines

Israeli health officials met with their Palestinian counterparts on Tuesday and urged them to quickly buy vaccines to inoculate West Bank residents, the Kan public broadcaster reports, describing it as the first high-level meeting between the sides since security ties were reestablished.

According to the report, the Palestinian Authority is in talks with Russia to acquire its vaccine and is expected to receive donated shots from international organizations for 20 percent of its population. The donation, however, hinges on approval from the WHO, which likely will not happen before January.

The PA plans to vaccinate 60% of Palestinians, since much of its population is young, according to the report. It remains unclear whether Israel will supply vaccines to the Palestinians, but Israeli officials were pushing the PA not to wait and to seek out a deal with international companies.